A pedestrian in a crosswalk always has the right of way when crossing with a Walk signal or green light. Even if a pedestrian is crossing without these signals, it’s best for a motorist to exercise extreme caution, allowing a pedestrian to cross if they have already begun doing so.
In general, it’s vital to drive extremely carefully when in the vicinity of pedestrians. Although any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause significant harm, if a motorist strikes a pedestrian, the victim’s injuries might be particularly severe, as they don’t have the protection of a seatbelt, air bags, or the metal frame of an enclosed vehicle to protect them.
Pedestrians should also keep in mind that, along with following right-of-way laws, they should avoid walking while intoxicated. Many don’t realize that, in regard to one’s own personal safety, statistics indicate that walking while drunk can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. To ensure everyone is safe on the road, pedestrians must exercise the same degree of caution that motorists exercise.
Making a Right on Red
A motorist may make a right turn at a red light in Massachusetts unless there is a sign indicating they may not make a right on red. Before proceeding, though, they must make a full stop, and they must yield the right-of-way to other motorists and to any pedestrians in a crosswalk.
At a T-Intersection
The motorists on the street that ends at a T-intersection must always yield the right-of-way to motorists on the street that continues at the intersection. This is the case regardless of whether the T-intersection has a Stop sign or other such traffic signal.
Unfortunately, even if you’re a responsible individual who always obeys right-of-way laws in Massachusetts (or anywhere else), you may still be harmed in an accident if someone else disobeys or ignores such laws. If this ever happens, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses associated with your injuries.
Strongly consider reviewing your case with a Massachusetts personal injury attorney for more information about your legal options. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., a member of our team will gladly explain how you may proceed. If you hire us, we’ll offer the aggressive representation you deserve, helping you pursue the full amount of compensation for which you may be eligible. Learn more about how we may help by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900.